I think it is incredible just how much we have been able to achieve this season with a striker like Giroud.
Ok perhaps a bit cruel especially when you consider that there is a genuine difference (sic) in the fact that Carroll is always injured and Giroud looks like he is going to go the whole season without a major injury.
I think it is this fact above all that has allowed us to punch above our weight in the striker department this season, although, to be a tad more fair to Giroud he has used his limited talents very well.
But there is an obvious difference between us and Liverpool, the team that is looking most likely to win the league, which is that Brenda purposely got rid of Andy Carroll ensuring that they couldn’t play the long ball game with all its limiting consequences that we are so often shackled to; the sale forced them to use the quick passing interplay that their present forwards do so well.
This is not a subtle dig at Wenger; I am convinced that he, above all, would have liked to have changed things, best demonstrated by the attempt to buy Suarez. And on that note don’t you find it irritatingly childish when Arsenal supporters say: well, why didn’t he go and buy someone else when it became clear that Liverpool were not going to sell, as though you can go into Tescos and just pick up one or two strikers at you convenience!
There has been a lot of talk recently about the aborted Suarez purchase attempt so I might as well add my tuppence worth.
Was there a buy out clause?
Of course we will never know the truth but on balance the chances are surely high. This is very common practice in Spain and so I am guessing that this also applies throughout the Hispanic world of football. I think the other significant reason it that there is no way that when Suarez arrived at Liverpool that he saw it as his last stop up football’s slippery ladder. His ultimate goal is Real Madrid and that being the case a buy out clause was even more likely.
Suarez may have a genuine chance of getting his dream move at the end of this season but he certainly didn’t at the end of last. We are talking about a man whose press was so bad that he was making Joey Barton look likable. Having bitten a chunk out of a chav’s arm, being banned for umpteen games, it is fair bet that the man thought long and hard about moving on.
Enter the enterprising Arsenal waving Champions League football around. I am sure that the club knew about the buy out clause and made their intentions known to Suarez by triggering it – 40mil and one pound, that is not exactly a shabby opening bid.
This was the point when Liverpool had to decide whether they wanted to sell him or not. If they did they could have named their price – but I am convinced they didn’t. Liverpool went into overdrive to try and keep him, excluding CL football they were in a position to be able to offer him any deal that Arsenal put forward and more, indeed Liverpool renewed his contract a few weeks after it become clear that we were not going to be successful.
It was not a lack of trying, it was not a reluctance to offer more money, the reality was that Liverpool didn’t want to sell and they could offer him as much if not more wages than we could.
So we were forced to start the season with Giroud, Sanogo and Bendtner. We could have brought some sub standard striker but if the purchase of Ozil has shown us anything is that we have moved on from that way of doing things. We are a club that will push the boat out if a player wants to come to THOF. There is nothing wrong in picking up a cheap filler here and there à la Flamini and Kallstrom when the Real McCoy is not available but when it is we will act.
I have read recently people making comparisons with RvP and Suarez in as much that it appeared that manu were able to force us to sell but we were not able to do the same. I don’t agree with this at all. Without having our whole future balanced on one man’s shoulders, namely a Sugar Daddy, we have to operate within sensible commercial constraints. A five year deal for RvP, at his age was an offer he couldn’t refuse and as we all know when that deal was tabled he did everything he could to get away. The club tried its hardest to sign Suarez but what could we have offered that would have made him want to come to us rather than stay where he was? Never mind about offering Liverpool more money they didn’t want to sell, I am talking about getting the Uruguayan on side first.
This brings me back to Giroud, I see nothing wrong with Kelsey’s cries that we need a new striker, I feel the same and the higher the calibre the better. The Suarez ship has sailed but with Ancelotti’s feet more securely under the table at Real Madrid he could decide to offload Benzema and buy the Uruguayan, I would be disappointed if we brought their Frenchman, for me he is too close to the one we already have but if this huge piece of wishful thinking does come about I would be content to pick up Morata.
Written by LB